Archived News Articles: NMD and Foreign Policy
9/11/2001 from Reuters:
Hijacked Planes Destroy Twin Towers, Burn Pentagon
By Alan Elsner and Arthur Spiegelman
September 11, 2001 06:40 PM EDT
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three planes
commandeered by unknown hijackers slammed into the
Pentagon and New York's landmark World Trade Center on
Tuesday, demolishing the twin 110-story towers that were
once the tallest buildings in the world and possibly
burying thousands of people alive. ...
9/12/2001 from Reuters:
U.S. Vows Revenge; Investigation Makes Progress
By Alan Elsner and Arthur Spiegelman
September 12, 2001 10:26 PM EDT
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States vowed
on Wednesday to strike back with a "hammer of vengeance"
for the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon, while clues emerged the hijackers most likely
came from the Middle East and included trained pilots. ...
Senior U.S. officials said initial evidence pointed to
the organization of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born
dissident now living in Afghanistan who is blamed for
bombing two U.S. Embassies in East Africa and other
anti-American attacks. ...
9/13/2001 from msnbc:
U.S. moves to a battle footing
Powell: Retaliation will be sustained campaign
MSNBC STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Sept. 13 -- The United States moved to a battle footing
Thursday, as Congress met to approve funding and
military action against terrorists. While an emotional
president vowed to win "the first war of the 21st
century," the Pentagon geared up for a sustained
AND, FOR THE first time, the Bush administration
publicly singled out the person who is the focus of its
investigation into the attacks on the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon: Osama bin Laden, the Afghanistan-based
extremist implicated in past strikes against America. ...
9/13/2001 from AP:
Bush Vows to Lead World to Victory
By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
SEPTEMBER 13, 15:52 EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fighting back tears, President Bush
vowed Thursday that America would ``lead the world to
victory'' over terrorism in a struggle he termed the
first war of the 21st century. Secretary of State Colin
Powell identified Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect
in Tuesday's attacks in New York and Washington. ...
9/13/2001 from AP:
Pakistan Promises to Support U.S.
By ANWAR FARUQI, Associated Press Writer
Updated: Thu, Sep 13 4:35 PM EDT
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan, a nation in the
know about terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden, on
Thursday promised unflagging cooperation with the United
States to fight terrorism following the attacks on New
York and Washington.
"I wish to assure President Bush and the U.S. government
of our unstinted cooperation in the fight against
terrorism," President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said in a
statement after a late-night meeting Wednesday with his
military. "The world must unite to fight terrorism." ...
9/14/2001 from AP:
Bush to Activate 50,000 Reserves
By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER, Associated Press Writer
SEPTEMBER 14, 17:27 EDT
9/14/2001 from msnbc:
Bush, Pentagon prepare response
Sept. 13 - President Bush, Congress and the Pentagon
on Thursday pledged a sustained military campaign
against terrorists, beginning with Osama bin Laden, who
U.S. officials said they had determined was directly
responsible for the terrorist strikes in New York and
9/18/2001 at Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010918/ts/attack_afghan_un_dc_2.html
Afghan Opposition: Taliban Will Protect Bin Laden
By Irwin Arieff
9/18/2001 from AP: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010917/pl/attacks_missile_defense_1.html
Dems to Drop Missile Defense Provision
By CAROLYN SKORNECK, Associated Press Writer
Monday September 17 6:49 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) - Looking to quickly approve new defense
spending after last week's twin terror attacks, Senate
Democrats are setting aside their effort to block money
for any missile defense activity that would violate a
1972 arms control treaty. ...
9/16/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010916/ts/attack_weapons_dc_1.html
Attack on U.S. Raises Specter of Germ War, or Worse
By Andrea Shalal-Esa
Sunday September 16 12:16 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This week's deadly terrorist
attacks could be followed by devastating assaults
involving biological, chemical or even nuclear weapons,
U.S. lawmakers and experts said on Saturday. ``In my
judgement, it's not a question of if there will be a
biological or chemical weapons attacks, but when -- and
of what magnitude,'' said Rep. Christopher Shays, the
Connecticut Republican who heads the House Government
Reform subcommittee on national security. Attacks
involving nuclear weapons were less likely, but remained
a possibility, Shays told Reuters. ...
9/26/2001 at Space.com:
New ISS Duty: A Military Outpost?
By Leonard David, Senior Space Writer
posted: 10:51 am ET, 24 September 2001
9/26/2001 from The New York Times:
For Bush, a Mission and a Defining Moment
By FRANK BRUNI
September 22, 2001
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 - When President Bush first sat
down with his full cabinet after last week's terrorist
attacks, he told them that nothing about their roles or
charges as federal officials would ever be the same. ...
Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, who
has met with Mr. Bush repeatedly since Sept. 11, said,
"He has told me several times that he is staking his
entire presidency on this - that the mark of whether
he's successful is whether he can succeed in his goal of
wiping out terrorism." ...
10/2/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011002/pl/congress_military_dc_1.html
Senate Approves Military Spending Boost
By John Whitesides
Tuesday October 2 5:36 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate backed a $344
billion defense bill on Tuesday that bolsters
counter-terrorism spending after the Sept. 11 attacks
and gives President Bush the flexibility to shift
missile defense funds into the war on terrorism. ...
Lawmakers in both the Senate and U.S. House of
Representatives, which passed its version last week,
tried to minimize disagreements on the defense bills in
order to move quickly ahead of an expected military
campaign against those behind the hijack attacks. ...
The Senate also dropped a Democratic provision pushed
through the Armed Services Committee on a party-line
vote that required Congress to approve spending funds on
any missile defense tests that violate the 1972
Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty with Moscow. ...
10/6/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011005/pl/attack_missiles_usa_dc_1.html
Pentagon Sets Back Missile Test Schedule
By Jim Wolf
Friday October 5 3:50 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rushing ahead with U.S.
missile-defense-testing plans is no longer top priority
as the United States and Russia step up cooperation in a
global war on terror, the Pentagon's chief financial
officer said on Friday.
At the same time, the Pentagon said it was delaying the
next scheduled flight test of a ground-based missile
interceptor but said the delay had nothing to do with
coalition -building after the Sept. 11 attacks on the
United States. ...
``As you can imagine this is not the No. 1 subject of
debate inside the department,'' said Undersecretary Dov
Zakheim, the Defense Department comptroller. ``Obviously
the relationship with the Russians is going to change
with respect to missile defense.'' ...
The next flight test of a prototype U.S. missile defense
had been due to take place this month, Air Force Lt.
Gen. Ronald Kadish, the head of the Pentagon's Ballistic
Missile Defense Organization, told reporters on August
But the test has been postponed until an as-yet
unspecified date between the end of November and mid
December, a Pentagon spokesman, Air Force Lt. Col. Rick
Lehner, told Reuters on Friday. ...
On Tuesday, Putin voiced strong support for U.S.-led
military action against terrorism, saying Moscow needed
no further proof of who was behind the Sept. 11 attacks
for its intelligence agencies to join the battle.
In addition, Russia has acquiesced to the deployment of
U.S. troops in at least one former Soviet central Asian
republic -- Uzbekistan -- as part of a looming campaign
against Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the
attacks, and his Taliban hosts in bordering Afghanistan.
In another sign of Russia's rising strategic importance,
the United States has stepped away from condemnations of
Russian actions in Chechnya. Bush recently joined Putin
in linking Chechen fighters to global ``terrorist''
But Zakheim said nothing about the Sept. 11 attacks had
changed the Bush administration view of the importance
of building a missile shield.
``My guess is these guys will try whatever they can
try,'' he said of those behind the hijacking of
airliners that levelled the World Trade Center towers,
damaged the Pentagon and crashed into Pennsylvania. ``I
don't see leaving a big wide open gap by not having a
Boeing is the lead system integrator for the proposed
national missile defense. TRW builds the system's battle
command, control and communications system. Raytheon
builds NMD's Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle. Lockheed
Martin is the prime contractor on the current booster
10/7/2001 from msnbc:
26 days later, U.S. strikes back
NBC, MSNBC AND NEWS SERVICES
Oct. 7 - Twenty-six days after terrorists struck an
unsuspecting United States, killing more than 6,000
people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, America
retaliated Sunday, raining missiles and bombs on at
least three Afghan cities in an assault on the Taliban
regime, which has offered shelter to Osama bin Laden,
the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks. ...
10/7/2001 from The New York Times:
Powell Tries to Allay Worry of Senators on Muslim Rage
By JANE PERLEZ
October 4, 2001
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 - Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
took the unusual step of inviting the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee to lunch today. His guests emerged
satisfied, they said, that the Bush administration would
try to alleviate a major concern: that military action
against Osama bin Laden would inflame the Muslim world. ...
10/11/2001 from AP:
Iraq Says It Has Been Warned by U.S.
By SAMEER N.YACOUB, Associated Press Writer
Updated: Thu, Oct 11 8:30 AM EDT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq says it has been warned by the
United States to expect a "crushing" reply if it tries
to exploit any instability following the Sept. 11 terror
attacks on New York and Washington. ...
The ministry said the U.S. envoy to the United Nations,
John Negroponte, contacted Iraq's U.N. envoy Sunday, the
day the United States began its retaliatory bombing of
Afghanistan. Negroponte delivered "the following message
orally without demanding an answer," the ministry said. ...
"If you use force against your neighbors or Israel or
the Kurdish side or any other part of the Iraqi people,
then we will reply very strongly to defeat you,"
Negroponte was quoted as telling Iraqi Ambassador
Mohammed al-Douri . ...
Al-Douri described the U.S. message as "threatening" and
"naive, silly and arrogant." ...
10/12/2001 from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
U.S.: Bush Links Terror Attacks, Scrapping Of ABM
By Andrew F. Tully
U.S. President George W. Bush says he still wants to
scrap the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty over the
objections of Russia, despite Moscow's help in America's
war against international terrorism. Bush says the
treaty -- which would forbid a missile-defense system he
wants to deploy -- is antiquated. And he says
September's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington
demonstrate the need for such a system.
Washington, 12 October 2001 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. President
George W. Bush says the terrorist attacks of 11
September support his argument that America needs a
missile-defense system and that the Anti-Ballistic
Missile treaty, or ABM, is out of date.
During a news conference last night at the White House,
Bush also said the U.S. has no immediate plans to take
its war against international terrorism outside of
Afghanistan, although it is carefully watching Iraq. And
he confirmed news reports that the U.S. is prepared to
support the creation of a Palestinian state as long as
its government recognizes the right of Israel to exist. ...
10/13/2001 from BBC:
Indonesian dissent over air strikes
Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 13:01 GMT 14:01 UK
Vice President Hamzah Haz of Indonesia has broken ranks
with the government and called for a halt to US-led
strikes in Afghanistan. "I urge the United States to
stop the attacks... If they don't, there will be more
civilian casualties," Mr Haz said in remarks quoted by
the state Antara news agency. ...
Radical Muslim group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) said
it would try to drive Americans and Britons from the
country after the government ignored a deadline to cut
ties with the United States over air attacks on
Afghanistan. The group gave the government three days
until midnight on Wednesday to condemn the US or it
would start "sweeping" for Westerners. ...
10/13/2001 at space.com:
Pentagon Report Calls for the United States Control of Space
By Leonard David, Senior Space Writer
posted: 11:55 am ET, 08 October 2001
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